In this March 6, 2013 file photo, an officer guards the gate near at the entrance of Cat Haven, the exotic animal park in central California where a 26-year old female volunteer intern was killed by a lion, in Dunlap, Calif. Over the past few decades, as an exotic animal trade boomed and Americans bought up cute tiger and bear cubs, wild animal sanctuaries sprang up throughout the nation to take care of those wild animals once they grew to adult-size and were abandoned. Some of these sanctuaries focused on rescuing big wild cats. In turn, the growth in the trade of exotic animals and the number of sanctuaries that rescued them led to more humans handling predatory species and fueled an increase in wild cat-related incidents. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka, File)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A chilling recording of a 911 call captures the owner of an Oregon wild cat sanctuary dragging a employee who'd been mauled to death from a cougar enclosure and screaming at two of the animals inside to get away.
The audio released Wednesday details how Michael Tuller returned to WildCat Haven on Saturday night to discover 36-year-old Renee Radziwon-Chapman bloodied and lying on her back in the fenced-in enclosure.
Radziwon-Chapman, the sanctuary's head keeper, was alone at the suburban Portland facility when the attack occurred.
In the recording, Tuller tells dispatchers it's dark and he can't see, but he enters the enclosure with the cougars anyway.
While dragging out Radziwon-Chapman by the boots, he repeats, "Oh my God, Renee" over and over. He's also heard screaming, "Get out of here, go!" at the two wild cats circling him.
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